Vintage Christmas Ornament Décor
Go Old School This Christmas!
Fragile and beautiful, the antique glass Christmas ornaments I grew up with are highlighted here. My favorites are grey lavender with black netting that I believe to be from the 1920s or 30s, but perhaps even back to the turn of the 20th century. These days I don't dare put them on a tree or my cat will have them broken in no time, but I love the ornaments made into wreaths such as the one pictured here.
This page has some ideas of how to decorate with vintage ornaments as well as sources for them.
Different Ways to Display Antique Ornaments
Let's say you've inherited some vintage ornaments, or you've been to an estate sale and you just couldn't resist buying the lot. You already have ornaments for your Christmas tree so now what do you do? There are some ideas listed here, but there are even more ideas in the sections about making trees and wreaths from them.
- Make an ornament wreath, tree or garland by tightly stringing together the ornaments.
- String them on pretty ribbon and hang them in your windows, along your mantle, from your chandelier, or from the ceiling.
- Arrange them into a centerpiece in a crystal punch bowl.
- Put them under glass cloches to keep them safe from cats!
- Look at more creative ideas here.
Ornament Trees - Of Wire and Wood
Maybe you have the ornaments but don't want to mess with the tree. I think these ornament trees would be beautiful scattered throughout the home. There are many more to choose from. This is just a sample.
How Do You Make an Ornament Wreath?
Some day I'm going to get my nerve up and make an ornament wreath. I thought maybe you, the reader, would be interested in making one now so I went looking for tutorials.
- How to Make a Wired Ornament Wreath
Here's what I was looking for! I guess it's pretty straightforward. You get an artificial evergreen wreath and wire ornaments into it. Still, the photos are pretty and inspiring.
- Shabby Chic Ornament Wreath
I'm including this mainly for the pictures. I love the idea of hanging the wreath on a mirror! But also there is one really great tip - remember to glue on the tops of the ornaments so they stay put.
- Make a Wreath on a Coat Hanger
The materials calls for wired ribbon and I thought the author was going to wire the ornaments to the wreath with it. Not the case, but that gives me ideas...
How to Make an Antique Ornament Tree - Make a wreath or make a tree...or both!
Yes, you can make a tree that looks like the wreath, but there are other ingenious ideas here.
- A Tree with Knitting Needles!
That's right, knitting needles. You have to see this.
- Make a Tree with Ornaments on an Old Window Screen
This is just amazing. Very clever. And relatively easy!
- Use an Antique Drying Rack to Display Your Ornaments
My cat would have a heyday with this, but I like the idea very much.
- Super Cute Modern Wire Wall Tree with Vintage Ornaments
If you're making modern quilts and retro aprons with those huge print colorful fabrics that are trending these days, this project is for you.
- Clusters of Ornaments on a Styrofoam Cone
This is what I was thinking about when I first went looking for tutorials although, again, they're glue gunned on and that makes me nervous. The blogger makes mention of first seeing this in 1995 in a Martha Stewart magazine and I think that's where
What is Mercury Glass?
You will see references to mercury glass when looking for vintage ornaments. Mercury glass is not really mercury at all but silver nitrate and grape sugar put between two layers of glass. It was made mainly in the 1800s, but some was still being made in Germany and what is now the Czech Republic (Bohemia) into the 1930s. That is why those old old ornaments of my grandmother's are so special.